A-Easter VI & First Communion 2017-05-21

 

May 21, 2017            SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Year A

First Reading                      Acts 8:5–8, 14-17

            A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Philip went down to the city of Samaria [suh-MAYR-ee-uh]

and proclaimed the Messiah to them. 

Without exception, the crowds that heard Philip

and saw the miracles he performed

listened eagerly. 

Unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were possessed; 

and many who were paralyzed or lame were cured. 

There was great joy in the whole city.  

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God,

they sent Peter and John to them. 

The two went down

and prayed that all might receive the Holy Spirit…

Then Peter and John laid hands on them

and they received the Holy Spirit.

            The word of God spoken through Luke in the Acts of the Apostles.

May 21, 2017            SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Year A

Second Reading                  First Peter 3:15-16

            A reading from the first letter of Peter and David Adams Celtic Prayer adapted by

Richelle Pearl Koller.

From the first letter of Peter:

Beloved, honor Jesus Christ in your hearts.

Should anyone ask you for a reason for this hope of yours,

be ready to reply with gentle words and respectful actions... 

 A Celtic Prayer:

Be gentle when you touch bread.

Let it not lie, uncared for,

Unwanted.

So often bread is taken for granted.

There is such beauty in bread___

Beauty of surf and soil,

Beauty of patient toil.

Wind and rain have caressed it,

Jesus often blessed it.

Be gentle when you touch bread.

And when you see bread,

Remember the hungry.

When you see bread, remember the poor.

When you see bread, remember the stranger.

And when you break bread, remember Jesus who said:

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

The word of God recorded in the first letter of Peter and spoken through David Adams and Richelle Pearl Koller  

May 21, 2017     SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Year A

[Substituted Gospel for First Eucharist]

Gospel                                                                                                           Matthew 14:13-21

A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew

When Jesus heard the news about John,

he got into a boat to be by himself and traveled across the lake.

When the people saw what he was doing,

they walked around the lake to meet him when he landed.

When Jesus got near the shore and saw the large crowd, he felt compassion for them.

He taught them and healed those who were sick.

When it was evening, the disciples came to Jesus and said,

“This is an out-of-the-way place and the hour is already late.

You should send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

But Jesus said to them,

            “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!”

They replied, “We have here only five loaves and two fish!”

Jesus said, “Bring them here to me.” 

After directing the people to sit down on the grass,

Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish.

Then he looked up toward heaven and blessed the food.

Jesus broke the loaves and gave them, along with the fish, to the disciples

to distribute to the crowd.

Everyone ate until they were no longer hungry.

The disciples picked up the broken pieces that were left over 

and it filled twelve baskets.

There were about five thousand men,

                             five thousand women,

                             and more than ten thousand children who ate that day.

The Good News of our salvation spoken through Matthew.

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